Modern Vascular - Ultrasound - What to Expect at Your PAD Evaluation

What to Expect at a PAD Evaluation

Patients who are referred to Modern Vascular often wonder exactly what will happen at their consultation. Although every patient is different, we will discuss what you can expect to happen in a standard Modern Vascular evaluation and consultation for Peripheral Artery Disease.


Patients with PAD are referred to Modern Vascular in one of few different ways: Primary Care Physician, Podiatrist, Vein Specialists and Endocrinologists (to name a few), or self-referrals. In terms of self-referrals, patients will have a conversation with our Patient Advocates after taking our PAD Assessment, which incorporates recognized risk factors from the American Heart Association.

Vascular & Doppler Ultrasound

On the day of a PAD Evaluation at Modern Vascular patients fill out new paperwork which will include questions related to a list of medications, current medical conditions, and providers (physicians/specialist) that they currently see.

After the paperwork is filled out an ultrasound will be administered by an ultrasound tech.

A vascular ultrasound uses sound waves to evaluate the body’s circulatory system. Doppler ultrasound is a special ultrasound technique that can help detect areas of restricted blood flow through an artery. Ultimately, these ultrasounds are used as a diagnostic tool to garner a clear picture.

Generally, there is a scan of the hip, entire leg, foot, the tip of the toe, slowed blockages, which help identify blockages or narrowing in the arteries, decreased circulation, and disease.

After the ultrasound is complete you will meet the Advanced Practice Provider (Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant). They will go over your complete medical history and ultrasound results and do a comprehensive physical exam. Depending upon the findings, you will learn about the appropriate treatment.

Modern Vascular Reviews

  • From the moment you walk in to being escorted to the procedure room, you find nothing but smiling eyes and kindness. The staff work very hard to put you at ease and the OR specialists (MD'S, RN'S and Anesthesia PA) will always treat you with respect!!!!!! These medical professionals know how stressed you are and they just know how to make you feel like you are the most important patient they will attend to that day. Return visits are the same. I truly hope there are no more procedures of this type in my future but I would enjoy a short visit with the OR staff. I felt completely at ease and that my care would be most professional and first class. A total of 4 procedures and I really felt comfortable and like I had nothing to worry about. They were even kind enough to make a cup of coffee, provide a small snack and a cool bottle of water post procedure in recovery. Just absolutely "top drawer" all the way. Highly recommend this practice, no change it to "STRONGLY" if in need of this type procedure. John Vest, San Antonio, Texas

  • This is an excellent and very professional medical facility. The doctor was very good at listening and explaining the procedure and addressing any specific questions I had. His nursing and technical staff were also very friendly, interested and helpful. I highly recommend this practice.

  • I Felt very comfortable. Clean office. Quickly seen. They were very honest and explained all of the equipment. Took care of all my needs physically and with my insurance. Great place.

  • Couldn't have been nicer or more helpful. Turns out I don't have PAD but they were still wonderful even though they were not going to make money off me.

  • I brought my mom to this clinic from out of state when she was told her PAD was too severe and too risky to attempt treatment by the providers in her home state. She was in a wheelchair and unable to walk by this time, not wanting to give up I found Dr. Brannan and Modern Vascular. She underwent two long procedures with amazing success and me and my whole family are eternally grateful for the amazing and compassionate care that the whole staff provided. They have given my mom a new lease on life when we were told there was no hope. You can't get better care than here.

  • I would recommend this office and its staff to any friends, family or strangers who needed their specialty. They kept me informed/ educated about all procedures and were thorough when explaining the results and possibilities of treatment. It was very comfortable, down to earth. They also had cold beverages and refreshments in the waiting room which was a nice touch. Thank You Again Modern Vascular

Treatment Options

Treatment is unique for every patient and is dependent upon the severity of the blockage. Blockage can be categorized between minor, moderate, or severe. The provider will decipher the appropriate approach for the type of blockage.

Minor Blockage

Not every patient requires a procedure-based intervention. If a patient is found to have minor blockages, their treatment could involve a conservative approach involving changes to diet, temporary medication, and incorporating a Walking Program.

Moderate to Severe Blockage

Patients who have signs of moderate or severe blockage may require additional diagnostic tools and procedures to intervene.

To better visualize the patient’s condition an angiogram or arteriogram is used. An angiogram is an imaging test that uses x-rays and a special dye to see inside the peripheral arteries. This minimally invasive procedure is done in our Modern Vascular clinics in the procedure rooms.

Living with PAD

Peripheral Artery Disease is a chronic disease so early detection is vital and staying on top of it is integral in saving limbs and lives.

Peripheral Artery Disease can be effectively treated when diagnosed early and properly.

You can schedule a comprehensive evaluation for peripheral artery disease at a Modern Vascular clinic if you believe that you are at risk or to put your mind at ease.

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